Mary J. Blige has come a long way from hanging out on rooftops in Yonkers, rocking door knockers and stunna shades. The alleviation of drama from her life has inspired her songwriting out of the depths of heartbreak and into a realm of making music for the older and in love types. With the evolution of Mary from doing R&B her voice is heard in all genres, including opera. She's far from her around the way girl roots though on her recent covers of two Led Zeppelin records.
The British release of her album Stronger with Each Tear includes two bonus cuts—covers of quintessential Led Zeppelin hits. When she rocks out Zeppelin's most classic song, "Stairway to Heaven," her stamp is on it so heavy—who better to narrate a story of little girl lost? Her version of "Whole Lotta Love" has an almost raver vibe, brought out by RedOne but still comes with her usual sledgehammer vocal delivery over the hefty guitars. And speaking of these choice selections these pillars of rock, it's friggin' Led Zepp! Was Diddy secretly putting the battery in Mary's back to go down the similar path he travelled when he jacked "Kashmir"? At least Jimmy Page jumped in to play guitar on Diddy's remake. Even in Diddy's absence, Mary can make magic. Check out both tracks below.
Download: Mary J. Blige "Stairway to Heaven"
Download: Mary J. Blige "Whole Lotta Love"